One challenge for energy companies developing the Marcellus Shale has been the lack of infrastructure and services specific to this industry, the technology being used, and the scale of development. A challenge for communities trying to take advantage of the potential economic benefits of Marcellus Shale has been how to create and keep jobs locally. To help address both of these challenges, Penn State Extension has been conducting programs for business owners and managers interested in developing new opportunities or expanding their firm's involvement in natural gas activities. This article profiles one such entrepreneur and her business, Natural Gas Resource, created after attending one of these Extension programs. Over the next several months, we will profile other businesses to demonstrate the pathways by which entrepreneurs identify and pursue opportunities related to natural gas.
The Pennsylvania House and Senate are considering multiple bills pertaining to the natural gas industry. This article lists the bills introduced during the 2009/2010 session, and provides a brief synoposis of each bill. Interested citizens and organizations are encouraged to provide comments about bills of interest directly to their state senator and/or house representative.
Drilling in the Marcellus Shale has many people concerned about their private water wells. Here are some suggestions and steps to take to monitor your drinking water supplies.
A mixed verdict was received by farmers following the installation of natural gas pipelines and a compressor station on their land.
Recent figures taken from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s website show activity in the Marcellus Shale play has increased dramatically in 2009, and appears to be accelerating in the first four months of 2010.
The Bradford County Natural Gas Advisory Board sponsored a meeting that brought together county leaders to exchange and share ideas about organizing County Task Forces. Participants discussed ways of organizing a task force, how to make them effective, and specific projects they have worked on.